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Depolitizáció és politizáció a paksi bővítés deliberációjában
Depoliticization and politicization

Author(s): Dorottya Egres
Subject(s): Political psychology, Politics and society
Published by: MTA Politikai Tudományi Intézete
Keywords: The expansion of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant; Rosatom; public; depoliticization

Summary/Abstract: The expansion of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant was decided based on the agreement between Hungary and the Russian Federation in 2014. The agreement included that the Russian state-owned company Rosatom will supply the two new reactors and Russia will provide a loan of 10 billion euros to finance 80 percent of the expansion costs. This paper presents the macro-level discursive analysis of the deliberation about Paks 2 between 2014 and 2017. The legitimacy of the decision was questioned in the following three respects: the agreement was signed without a tender and before the Parliamentary debate, the documentation supporting the decision was not publicized, the public was not part of the decision-making process. I analyze the arguments about these points in the articles from the official websites of the Hungarian Government and LMP, then interpret the arguments as depoliticization and politicization attempts.

  • Issue Year: XXIX/2020
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 82-102
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Hungarian